Guidelines for submissions


Whatever the new literature turns out to be,

it will be the privilege of the
Sewanee Review
to print its share of it, to comment on it,
and to try to understand it.

—Allen Tate, editor of the Sewanee Review in the 1940s


For matters of spelling and usage, consult the the
Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition; Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition; and Webster's Third New International Dictionary. All submissions should be clean double-spaced typed copy. No electronic submissions or queries are accepted at this time. Send them the old-fashioned way—printed copy via conventional mail to:

George Core, editor
Sewanee Review
University of the South
735 University Avenue
Sewanee TN 37383-1000

A self-addressed stamped envelope must be supplied for reply. Rejected submissions without sufficient return postage will be discarded. No responsibility can be assumed for loss or damage. Only unpublished original work (no translations) can be considered.

Queries are suitable, though not preferred, for essays (7500 words or less) and reviews (unsolicited reviews are rarely accepted). Send fiction and poetry without writing in advance. Poems (40 lines or less) should not exceed 6 per submission; stories (3500-7500 words; no short short-stories, please) should be sent individually. For each poem published, roughly 250 poems are considered here; for each story, 150 stories.

The average time to reply to a submission is six to eight weeks. We do not accept simultaneous submissions. When you have sent one submission, please do not send another for six months. Unsolicited works should not be submitted between June 1st and August 31st. A response to any submission received during that period may be greatly delayed.

The Sewanee Review awards four prizes annually to the best short fiction, poetry, essay, and book reviewing of the previous year. The Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry is presented annually to established poets. Winners of these awards are determined by the board of editors and a prize committee; one cannot apply for any of them.

For information about literary magazines see the current editions of the International Directory of Little Magazines and Small Presses, Literary Market Place, Magazine Industry Market Place, and Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory.

The Sewanee Review is America's oldest continuously published literary quarterly. Only erudite work representing depth of knowledge and skill of expression is published here. We urge you to read at least one issue of the magazine before submitting any work. Sample copies cost $8.50 ($9.50 foreign) when sent by periodicals-class mail. Individual subscriptions cost $25 per year ($32 foreign). MasterCard and VISA are accepted, as well as checks payable in U.S. dollars drawn on U.S. banks.

Thank you for your interest in the Sewanee Review.